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Album Review

Anyone with an interest in Asian music will find this album to be fascinating and enjoyable. Although the music here comes from different parts of Afghanistan, largely material written in the first half of the 20th century, the emphasis is on songs from northern Afghanistan, once part of Khorasan, with its Persian influences evident in the microtones. The general influence of Indian music on the country is pervasive (there's also a Pashtun piece, "Del Aram Na Razi"). The music is beautifully performed and sung throughout (Jooya is a wonderfully delicate singer), and the robab lute gets a good workout on "Man Mast O To Divina." Longer liner notes, especially about the songs themselves, would have been useful. However, as a window into one of the world's least-known cultures — for all that it's in the papers every day — it's invaluable, and shows the innate warmth of the country, and the depth of its culture.

Customer Reviews

What the f...k

Why did somebody ruin these beautiful songs by having the worst singer in the world sing them?She has the worst voice I have ever heard and what the is with the weird accent? She sounds like she is Russian trying to sing Pashto. What a shame...I would love to have these songs but not by this monstrosity.


Genre: World

Years Active: '90s

Zohreh Jooya is an Iranian singer who wants to show the world the beauty inherent in the traditions and culture of Persia, Iran's forebear. To her, the Persian empire and its later incarnation of Iran are more than just the birthplace of Persian rugs and other goods. Through her music and live performances, she tries to forge an understanding between different cultures of the world. And while she asks her European audiences to straddle two disparate worlds, she has been doing the same thing since...
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Afghan Music, Zohreh Jooya
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: World, Music
  • Released: Nov 01, 2010

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